Latisha Luckett reunited with Andrea Gorski when she arrived on The Hilltop for the 2019-20 and is in her season as an assistant coach with the Braves. Luckett also serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
She has nine years of experience coaching at the collegiate level including the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons working as a graduate assistant under Gorski at Concordia University. She came to The Hilltop after spending the previous four seasons at Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.
Luckett’s first season at Bradley was a historic one, with the Braves finishing with school records for both overall (22) and MVC (13) victories. Sporting a 22-7 overall record before the 2019-20 campaign was cut short, BU posted the best conference finish (third) in program history in addition to producing a school-record three First-Team All-MVC honorees.
A Detroit, Mich., native Luckett helped Coastal Carolina to the first postseason appearance in program history in 2018-19 with the Chanticleers reaching the Women’s Basketball Invitational during a 17-15 campaign. The postseason appearance came on the heels of Luckett helping guide the Chanticleers to an improved conference record each of her first three seasons in Conway, S.C., and Coastal Carolina won 17 games in each of the last two seasons to mark the first time dating back to 2005-06 and 2006-07 the team won at least 17 contests in back-to-back years.
Luckett mentored four all-conference selections during her four years at Coastal Carolina, including a pair of First-Team All-Sun Belt picks and the top scorer in the Sun Belt during the 2017-18 campaign. The Chanticleers had just two all-conference honorees in the four years before Luckett’s arrival in Conway, S.C.
Prior to her tenure at Coastal Carolina, Luckett spent the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Claflin University. Posting five wins in 2012-13, the Panthers were 14-14 in each of her two seasons at the Orangeburg, S.C., school.
Luckett also has coaching experience at the prep level, serving as assistant coach at Arbor Prep High School, alma mater of current Braves Lasha Petree and Mahri Petree, for the 2012-13 season.
A graduate assistant at Concordia under Gorski, Luckett helped Concordia to a 10-win improvement her first season with the squad and the 2010-11 season resulted in a 23-11 record along with the first NAIA Tournament appearance in program history. She earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership during her time at Concordia.
A 2009 Central Michigan graduate with a degree in entrepreneurship, Luckett also played for the semi-pro Flint Monarchs while embarking on her coaching career. A first-team all-region pick during her second season with Flint, she helped the Monarchs to three Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League tournament appearances.
Luckett was a team captain her junior and senior seasons at Central Michigan, in addition to serving as the team’s representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She led the Chippewas in both rebounding and steals as a junior, while Luckett helped CMU reach the MAC Tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 1992 during her senior year.
Former Concordia-St. Paul head coach Paul Fessler joined the Bradley women’s basketball program as an assistant coach in May 2016 and is in his fifth season with the Braves.
Fessler brought 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to The Hilltop after spending the previous 16 years as head coach at Concordia-St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn. He led the Golden Bears to eleven 20-win seasons, 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, five regular-season titles and was a three-time conference Coach of the Year selection.
In his first two seasons on The Hilltop, Fessler has helped the Braves improve their overall win total in both campaigns. The 2016-17 saw Leti Lerma, who was the program’s first First-Team All-MVC selection since 2008-09, become Bradley’s all-time leading rebounder. In addition, her recruiting efforts have paid off with the Braves producing a pair of MVC All-Freshman Team selections in Chelsea Brackmann (2016-17) and Gabi Haack (2017-18).
For the first time in program history, Bradley has improved its win total in three consecutive seasons with the 2017-18 squad’s 13-18 overall record marking the best overall record for the Braves since 2012-13. Bradley ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference in both scoring offense and defense in 2017-18 in addition to posting the lowest turnovers-per-game average in school history.
During his tenure at Concordia-St. Paul, Fessler led his teams to a 326-148 (.688) overall record and Golden Bears were 199-90 (.689) in conference action. Overall, he owns a 427-166 (.720) career coaching mark in 20 years, which includes four seasons as head coach Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minn.
The 2013-14 season was one of four seasons in which Concordia-St. Paul notched more than 25 wins as the Golden Bears capped a 28-9 season with the program’s first NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance. The Elite Eight was one of three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 runs by his squads.
A 2012 inductee into the Minnesota Girl’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Fessler served on the NCAA Regional selection committee and was the NSIC representative to the WBCA.
Named interim head coach at Concordia-St. Paul in August 2000, Fessler followed up a 12-win first season with an impressive run of nine consecutive 20-win seasons and led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament in 10 of the next 13 years.
Fessler was head coach at Anoka Ramsey Community College from 1996-97 through the 1999-2000 season and posted a 101-18 (.849) record during his tenure. The four-time Region 13 Coach of the Year, led his squads to three consecutive NJCAA Division III national championships and were the national runner-up in his final season in 1999-2000.
Originally from Sutherland, Iowa, Fessler graduated from Northern Iowa in 1988 with a degree in physical education.
Fessler and his wife Shelly have a daughter: Jade.
Kristi Zeller is in her fifth season as an assistant coach with the Bradley Women’s Basketball team after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Idaho.
In her first four seasons on The Hilltop, Zeller has helped the Braves improve their overall win total each year culminating with the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in program history.
Bradley has produced six First-Team All-MVC selections over the last three years, after boasting just three in the 15 seasons prior to Zeller’s arrival. In addition, Lasha Petree was named both the MVC Freshman & Sixth Player of the Year in 2018-19.
The 2019-20 season resulted in the Braves posting school records for overall (22) and MVC (13) victories in the season. Bradley, which finished third in the Valley standings for the highest finish in program history, capped the shortened season with a 22-7 overall record. For the first time in Bradley history the Braves boasted three First-Team All-MVC selections, with Chelsea Brackmann, Gabi Haack and Petree each earning the honor.
Highlighted by matching the longest win streak in program history (9), Bradley opened the 2018-19 campaign with a perfect 9-0 record and went on to post the most non-conference wins in school history (10-1). The Braves went 10-8 in Valley play to finish fifth in the league standings, marking the team’s best league finish since 2009-10.
After a three-game improvement during Zeller’s first year with the Braves, Bradley went on to post a 13-18 overall record in 2017-18. BU posted the lowest turnovers-per-game average in program history coupled with ranking as one of the top defensive units in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The 2016-17 saw Leti Lerma, who was the program’s first First-Team All-MVC selection since 2008-09, become Bradley’s all-time leading rebounder as the Braves had a three-win improvement in the team’s overall and conference records.
Zeller was an assistant coach at Idaho for the five seasons prior to coming to Bradley, where she has helped guide the Vandals to three NCAA Tournament appearances, a regular-season championship and three conference tournament titles during her tenure.
In 2015-16 season, Zeller helped Idaho to a 13-5 Big Sky Conference record, 24-10 overall mark and third NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Over the last four seasons, the Vandals were 80-50 (.615) overall which included a 47-23 (.671) record in conference play.
During the 2013-14 season Zeller was part of a team which captured a Big Sky regular-season title (15-1) and finished 25-9 overall en route to the second of back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. That season, she helped mentor WBCA All-American and Big Sky Conference Player of the Year Stacey Barr.
A Stow, Ohio, native, Zeller was a four-year letterwinner at Toledo and graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with a degree in social work. She helped the Rockets to a pair of Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinal appearances during her collegiate career.
Zeller served as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater after graduation and was part of former Evansville head coach Tricia Cullop’s coaching staff with the Rockets for three seasons.
A two-time Academic All-MAC selection, Zeller earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Toledo in 2011.
Director of Women’s Basketball Operations
A Maryland native, Dillon was named Director of Operations in September 2019 and is in his second year with the Braves.
Dillon oversees the team’s travel and camps in addition to supervising the team’s managers and practice players along with assisting with administrative duties. He came to The Hilltop after spending the last two years as Director of Operations at College of Charleston.
His first year at Bradley resulted in a 22-7 overall record, with the Braves posting school records for both overall (22) and MVC (13) wins in the shortened campaign. In fact, BU boasted a school record three First-Team All-MVC honorees in 2019-20.
During his time with the Cougars, Dillon handled team travel and also assisted with the team’s scheduling and community service efforts. He also oversaw Charleston’s camps and equipment during his tenure with the Cougars.
A 2015 South Carolina graduate with a degree in Sport & Entertainment Management, Dillon also earned his master’s degree from South Carolina in the same area. He was part of South Carolina’s 2017 National Championship team, serving as a post-graduate intern with the squad, where he helped with team operations. Dillon also spent time as a student manager and practice player for the Gamecocks as an undergraduate.
Video Coordinator/ Assistant Director of Basketball Operations
Former Bradley standout Leti Lerma made her return to The Hilltop in August 2019 and is in her second year as Video Coordinator/Assistant Director of Basketball Operations with Bradley Women’s Basketball.
In her first year as a member of the Bradley Women’s Basketball staff, the Braves posted school records for overall (22) and MVC (13) wins, capping a shortened 2019-20 season with a 22-7 overall record. Bradley took third in the Valley standings for the first time in school history, posting a 13-5 league mark and produced a trio of First-Team All-MVC picks.
After graduating from Bradley in May 2017, Lerma spent two seasons playing professionally both for the St. Louis Surge of the Global Women’s Basketball Association in addition to playing overseas with CSU Alba Iulia (Romania).
Lerma was First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection as a senior in 2016-17 during fifth-year head coach Andrea Gorski’s first season at BU, becoming the first Brave in nearly a decade to earn the honor, and was also a MVC All-Defensive Team selection. She finished her career as Bradley’s all-time leading rebounder, pulling down what was then a Bradley season-record 324 boards during her final season. Lerma was 12th in the nation in rebounds per game as a senior (10.8 rpg) and was 10th in offensive boards per outing that same year.
The Muscatine, Iowa, native was one of four players in the nation and the first in the MVC since 2011-12 to collect 350 points, 320 rebounds, 65 assists, 15 blocks and 40 or more steals, turning in 13 double-doubles when she averaged 11.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game as a senior.
Following her graduation, Lerma served as color commentator for ESPN3 broadcasts of Bradley Women’s Basketball games along with working as part of the Bradley Athletics Marketing team, where she assisted with video and graphic design projects.
Lerma handles the team’s video elements in addition to supporting the staff’s social media and administrative duties.
Director of Academic Services
Heather Moles is in her 13th year on The Hilltop and her second as the Director of Academic Services after serving the previous seven years as Academic Coordinator for Basketball.
Moles joined the Bradley Athletics staff in September 2008 as Learning Specialist, also serving as interim Academic Coordinator for Basketball in January and February of 2010. Moles took over the permanent role of Academic Coordinator for Basketball in July 2010.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Moles graduated from Duke in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in biological anthropology and anatomy. She also earned a minor in primatology.
A four-time letterwinner on the Blue Devils field hockey team, Moles was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992 and held the Duke record for career saves. She also owned three of the top five season save totals in program history.
Moles went on to earn a master's degree in applied anthropology in 2004 and later earned a second master's degree in physical anthropology in November 2005. After coaching stints at Stanford (1996-99), USA Field Hockey (1997-2002), Northwestern (1999-00) and Boston University (2000-02), Moles moved into the academic realm.
Moles was a teaching fellow at Boston from 2002-04, where she taught sections of Anthropology 102 while working toward her master's degree. She had a research fellowship at Boston University, where she co-authored a grant proposal focusing on the mutability of SIV to HIV. She also served as summer faculty at Boston, teaching Anthropology 210.